People Over Perfection

People Over Perfection

When we apply people over perfection, the fallen can walk again.

  • People Are More Important Than Everything Being Perfect
    • Isn’t This The “Jesus Way”
    • When you are on mission and aiming at ministry, God will go before you and prepare the way

Mark 2:5-12
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. “So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

  • The Paralytic
    • The Approach Was Messy But The Effort Was Perfect
    • Pharisee Focus – the condition of a critical spirit. One that constantly focuses the minutia rather than the magna carta that Jesus underscored again and again. “People are more important than everything being perfect!”
    • NFL Video About Watching Film, Interaction Of Cam and Clay
      • “He can’t forgive sins”
      • The Pharisees had the old game tapes
      • But God is not contained by what we believe is possible
      • Jesus, watch this, “I’ll make the outside look like the inside!”
        • Rise And Walk!
    • “When we apply people over perfection, the fallen can walk again.”

Mark 3:1-5
1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

    • Pharisee Focus: Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath
      • Their attitude should have been expectation not indignation
      • They would rather you stay crippled to protect their traditions/control you
    • Imagine All That Changed – “Change Happens When Jesus Challenges What We Accept As Our Fate”
      • Who could he help now that he could reach?
      • What did he lift now that he had strength?
      • How did he worship?
        • Do you think he could contain his physical expression of his spiritual condition?
    • “When we apply people over perfection, the crippled can reach again.”The Withered Hand

Luke 7:36-39
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

  • The Sinful Woman
    • Pharisee Focus: Uninvited, Unworthy, Unable, Unforgiven
      • The Pharisee’s worship was a means to perfect themselves
      • The Sinner’s worship is a response to a realization: they can’t perfect themselves, they are broken, they are dependent solely on the mercy of God, not the measure of a religion
    • In Mark 2, the argument was about power, Jesus healed broken legs
    • In Mark 3, the argument was about popularity, Jesus healed a broken hand
    • In Luke 7, the argument was about this person’s past, Jesus healed a broken heart
    • “When we apply people over perfection, the broken hearted can love again.”
    • Grace Erases The U in the equation. Now you are: Invited, Worthy, Able Forgiven
    • We can not deny relational opportunities to people because their past is not perfect.
    • We can’t hold effort hostage because we don’t like everything at work
      • Imagine if we held our spouse to this standard
        • We can’t connect unless your approach is perfect